Note: I received a free ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Anne-Marie Slaughter has pushed forward, breaking free of her long-standing assumptions about work, life, and family. Though many solutions have been proposed for how women can continue to break the glass ceiling or rise above the “motherhood penalty,” women at the top and the bottom of the income scale are further and further apart.
Now, in her refreshing and forthright voice, Anne-Marie Slaughter returns with her vision for what true equality between men and women really means, and how we can get there. She uncovers the missing piece of the puzzle, presenting a new focus that can reunite the women’s movement and provide a common banner under which both men and women can advance and thrive.
With moving personal stories, individual action plans, and a broad outline for change, Anne-Marie Slaughter reveals a future in which all of us can finally finish the business of equality for women and men, work and family. (Summary via Amazon.com)
When I first picked up this book, it reminded me of one of the first books I read this year–Overwhelmed. Like that book, Unfinished Business takes a hard look at today’s current policies on work and family as it pertains to both men and women. The book has a good mix of statistics, politics, and personal stories, which I love in my nonfiction (see here, here, here, and here).
I really liked that Slaughter looked at the male side of this important issue as well as the female, which is something I felt was missing from Overwhelmed. Men, too, need time with their families, just as many women need fulfillment through their careers, and Slaughter discusses the many things that get in the way of both partners being able to commit themselves to both aspects of their lives. She doesn’t flinch away from the lies that our culture has told us either–you can’t really have it all, she says, unless you have a partner willing to sacrifice their career for yours.
I truly enjoyed this book, and I think I’ll be coming back to it in the future when my husband and I start growing our family. Definitely worth a look for any working parents, male or female.
Rating: Pretty Darn Good